Allegations of harassment are flying as the town of Decatur offers with the continued investigation of the officer concerned taking pictures dying of Steve Perkins.
Councilman Hunter Pepper says for the reason that September twenty ninth taking pictures, he has obtained steady threats.
He says these threats have develop into bodily prompting him to take motion.
“Now we’ve got people bringing my household into this, and we’ve got obtained threats, threats to our life, we have obtained threats to our dwelling, threats to our property, threats to the issues that we personal,” Pepper mentioned.
Pepper says he is obtained calls, texts, been contacted on social media, and obtained threats in individual.
“I get persons are offended, I perceive persons are offended, however it’s not okay to threaten somebody’s life or their household over an occasion that’s out of their management simply since you’re offended at them,” Pepper mentioned.
Pepper confirmed he filed a harassment report in opposition to three individuals who he says have repeatedly harassed him.
Walter Orr is among the people who Pepper says he filed a report in opposition to.
Orr says he doesn’t talk with Pepper outdoors of council conferences and doesn’t consider this report is warranted.
“All the pieces that he’s come up right here and mentioned is all hypothesis,” Orr continued, “it’s all he say she say as a result of there’s no proof on video that I even threatened him nor his household which I’ve not,” Orr mentioned.
Orr says he filed a harassment report in opposition to Pepper for a dispute that they had at a Decatur metropolis council assembly final week.
He says Pepper brushed up in opposition to him a number of occasions on the council assembly inflicting him to file a report himself.
“I don’t see how he can go and say that I threatened him or put fees on me when he was really the one that truly bumped me 3 times and was in my private area earlier than I even knew it,” Orr mentioned.
Orr says he has the incident on video, and posted it on social media.
Orr says Pepper’s claims are invalid and a defamation to his character.
“It made me really feel type of nervous as a result of I really feel like he’s placing my household at risk since you put my identify in a false report saying that I threatened to commit hurt to him and his household,” Orr continued, “I by no means have threatened to commit hurt to him nor his household,” Orr mentioned.
Pepper additionally filed a report in opposition to Cornelius Echols who says he solely had one interplay with Pepper 4 weeks in the past at a metropolis council assembly.
Echols says he did not threaten Pepper, he solely tried to ask him a query.
“I do know all people has been coming at him,” Echols continued, “I by no means had an issue with the man, I simply requested him if he was racist that’s it,” Echols mentioned.
Echols says throughout their interplay he was carrying a shirt that he believes Pepper took offense to.
Echols says the shirt could have been the explanation Pepper filed his report in opposition to him.
“It mentioned ‘say no to racism, I hunt racists’” Echols mentioned.
“Not looking them down like a canine and killing them,” Echols continued, “it’s looking them to carry them accountable, regardless of for those who’re black, white, purple, or inexperienced,” Echols mentioned.
“If you happen to’re racist, you’re part of the issue,” Echols mentioned.
Pepper says as soon as his studies are accomplished, he’ll decide whether or not or not he’ll press fees.
Pepper is holding a press convention tomorrow at midday at Decatur Metropolis Corridor about his latest studies.
Councilman Kyle Pike, Carlton McMasters, and Mayor Tab Bowling say they personally haven’t obtained any threats following the Perkins incident.
The Alabama Legislation Enforcement Company has no updates on the Perkins investigation at the moment.